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X Factor's Chloe melts Robbie Williams's heart - second time lucky for Limavady girl

 

By John McGurk

A super-talented Northern Ireland teenager has touched the heart strings of an emotional Robbie Williams.

For young Limavady woman Chloe McAllister's poignant singing and piano playing had superstar Robbie singing her praises on The X Factor.

In her audition due to be screened tonight, the former Limavady High School pupil performed the powerful soulful ballad, Say You Love Me.

We can't reveal if Robbie and his fellow judges - wife, Ayda Field; X Factor main man, Simon Cowell and One Direction star, Louis Tomlinson gave Chloe three 'yeses' or more for her to progress into the next round.

But the former Take That singer told a stunned Chloe that her performance made him imagine what his six-year old piano-playing daughter, Teddy might be like when she is older.

Said Chloe: "Honestly, I have only been playing the piano for the past year and obviously I had never played in front of 5,000 people. But I wanted to show that I could do both - sing and play.

"When Robbie said that, I was so shocked. I was like 'whaaat??'. Him comparing me to his daughter - I will never ever forget that. I was just overwhelmed."

The 18-year-old explained that she has had some performance experience - singing at weddings and competitions - with her largest audience being at the Stendhal Festival in Limavady. She revealed too that another young local female talent - The Voice UK 2014 quarter-finalist, Rachael O'Connor - inspired her to apply for The X Factor. London-based Chloe said that she was delighted to have represented Northern Ireland in this year's The X Factor at London's Wembley Arena.

Said Chloe: "I had tried last year, but didn't get anywhere. I thought, 'I don't know if I will go for it again, because it is hard'. But when this year came around, I thought, 'you know what? Let's just do it because I have loved singing all of my life'.

"It feels kind of scary to be the only person from Northern Ireland on The X Factor. But I just want to do Northern Ireland proud. I feel that I did fine, I mean, I wasn't disappointed with my performance."

Sadly, Chloe won't be able to watch The X Factor with her mum Glenda, dad Nigel, younger sister Erin or her inspirational musician grandad Geoff Madden in Limavady tonight.

That's because she is now pursuing her career dreams as a student at BIMM (The British and Irish Modern Music Institute) in London.

Added Chloe: "Whatever happens with The X Factor, music will always be my career. I want to be a musician and singer. I am 100% dedicated to that."

n The X Factor featuring the final auditions and the judges choosing 60 contestants for the Six Chair Challenge round is on ITV at 8pm tonight.

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